Herbert Ploberger (1902-1977)


Herbert Ploberger was born in Wels in 1902 and studied from 1921 to 1926 at the Vienna School of Applied Arts with Schufinsky, Cižek and Böhm. In 1927 he moved to Berlin and became a draftsman for the leading Berlin magazine “Der Querschnitt”. In 1929, his works were shown in Germany and Holland at exhibitions on the New Objectivity. In 1933, Ploberger, together with Clemens Holzmeister, designed the costumes and sets for Max Reinhardt's Faust production in Salzburg. From 1934 he worked primarily for film productions by the UFA, Terra and Tobis companies. In 1945 Ploberger painted a series of views of bombed Berlin. From 1946 he turned to the theater and designed costumes and sets for the Linz State Theater, the "Theater in der Josefstadt" and the Vienna State Opera. In 1950 he moved to Munich and occasionally took part in productions of the Vienna Burgtheater. The artist died in Munich in 1977.

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